NeXpose Release October 12, 2011

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Rapid72011-10-12 product and content updates
                  Release announcement


This Rapid7® Nexpose® release applies checks for Patch Tuesday exposures, and features new and updated vulnerability checks and improvements to fingerprinting, accuracy, and scanning.
These release notes document what's new in this Nexpose release. Your Nexpose installation will automatically download and install content updates. If you have enabled Nexpose to install product updates, it will do so as well. See the third FAQ.


Reminder: Complete your database migration!


If you have not migrated yet: All releases of Nexpose now require the PostgreSQL 9 database to be running. If you are using an earlier version of PostgreSQL, your Nexpose installation will be ineligible to receive any content or product updates. Over time, this will result in decreased accuracy and validity of your results and reporting.


To execute the migration, first download and review the guide Migrating the Nexpose Database. This document includes detailed instructions on how to prepare for, run, and monitor the migration.


After reviewing the guide, go to the Database Migration page, which you can access by clicking the maintenance link on the Administration page of the console Web interface. When you are ready to execute the migration, click the Start Migration button. Follow the migration guide for instructions throughout the process.

Fingerprinting improvements | product


Fingerprinting improvements help you track assets better, provide a more comprehensive software inventory, and more accurate vulnerability results that affect your organization.

  • The accuracy for fingerprinting Multilingual User Interface (MUI) editions of Adobe Reader has been improved.
  • Apple QuickTime on 64-bit Windows is now properly fingerprinted.
  • Microsoft .NET versions prior to SP1 are now properly fingerprinted.

Improved scanning accuracy | product


In scans of SSH services provided by Cisco IP phones and Desktop Authority instances, Diffie-Hellman group exchange variations with these devices is now handled properly, resulting in more accurate vulnerability results and increased scan stability.


October 2011 Patch Tuesday checks | content


New vulnerability checks provide up-to-date Microsoft Patch Tuesday scan coverage for October 2011. For information about all current security bulletins covered in this release, see the Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for October 2011. Use the checks in this update to verify that the latest Microsoft patches have been applied to system assets.

Accuracy improvements | content

The checks for vulnerabilities reported in Microsoft Security Bulletins MS11-028, MS11-066, and MS11-069 are now more accurate to help you prioritize your remediation efforts more effectively.

Scanning improvement | content

A credentialed scan is no longer necessary for checks related to obsolete versions of Windows operating systems. This provides better discovery and reporting of vulnerabilities.

New vulnerability checks | content

This release includes new vulnerability checks for better security coverage.

  • Checks for IBM AIX versions 5.2 through 7.1 provide better coverage for this platform.
  • Checks for vulnerabilities related to BIND DNS servers expand security coverage.

Bi-monthly vulnerability check update | content


New vulnerability and patch checks bring coverage up to date for the following operating systems and applications:

  • Adobe Flash
  • Adobe Reader
  • Apache
  • Apple QuickTime
  • CentOS
  • Cisco devices
  • Java Runtime Environment
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • OpenSSL
  • PHP
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • Solaris
  • VMware

These checks help prevent security breaches that could allow hostile parties to take control of affected systems, gain access to confidential data, disrupt business operations, or cause other problems.


Product update

  •   Linux 32                      | Update ID: 3954525963
  •   Linux 64                     | Update ID: 1536050727
  •   Windows 32                     | Update ID: 4195841035
  •   Windows 64                     | Update ID: 2691995891

Content update

  • Update ID: 2216473036


   Released on August 1, 2011 (see fourth FAQ).                              

md5sum files

Download the appropriate md5sum file to ensure that the installer was not corrupted during download:                                 

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

  • How will I know Nexpose has updated with this specific release?
    All updates are listed on the News page of the Nexpose Security Console Web interface.
  • Why doesn’t the most recent date on the News page match the dates of the current updates on the Administration page?
    You may occasionally notice that the most recent date on the News page does not match the dates of the current updates listed on the Nexpose Security Console administration page. The dates on the News page are official release dates. The dates on the console page indicate when updates were actually applied to your Nexpose installation.
  • What are content updates, and what are product updates?
    Content updates include new checks for vulnerabilities, patch verification, and compliance with security policies. Product updates include performance improvements, bug fixes, and new features in Nexpose.
  • Why are installers not updated with every release?
    To help you stay on top of an ever-growing number of security threats, Rapid7 makes the delivery of new security content timely and convenient.  After installation and first-time start-up, Nexpose continues to update itself dynamically. This makes it unnecessary for Rapid7 to update installers  with every release of security content. So, you don't have to download installers every time new content is available.
  • Does this dynamic self-updating cause Nexpose to restart?
    Yes. You may notice Nexpose taking longer to start for the first time after installation. You may also notice it restarting more than once as it completes a required sequence of updates.
  • How can I obtain more information about this release?
    If you have purchased Nexpose, contact our Technical Support Team at If you are using the Community version of Nexpose, go to
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